Need the best cookie and cake recipes that works in any oven :P

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by emmbai90, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. emmbai90

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    I find that all cake and cookie recipes from the Internet i have tried has turned out very horribly, i don't know how to really tell what will turn out great and what won't as i don't entirely know how each bit of ingredients and the amounts used effects the overall cooking process, also our oven is really horrible like it's one of those 1 temperature ones where you can only light 1 side at a time, can't light both the bottom and the top like better ovens, generally with biscuit es i have to turn them over but the middle doesn't cook then, my dad says the heat from the oven goes around it and cooks it but he is so wrong about that because he makes me burn the bottom of cookies. I know if i make them again i will probs have to make them even thinner for the middle to bake but i still find the recipes to be too dry and just not very nice at all, same with cakes, does anyone know any really good recipes that turns out nice in any oven?.
     
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    Maybe it is your oven that is the problem based on your description of your oven. A fabulous recipe might be useless if the oven is bad. Do you have baking recipe books? Or do you only get recipes from the internet. If so, try those reputable sites. I have tried recipes from Marthta Stewart, Food Network, All Recipes and all that.
     
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    I use recipes mostly from ether BBC or All Recipes but they still turn out really bad, wasted 2 batches of cookies over christmas :( but my dad makes cakes and they turn out really well but when i find recipes for cakes they turn out just the worst too, i can't find any recipes that turn out great at all.
     
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    Normally I just click off these kind of 'Help" posts...

    ... I have a few days off so I figure I'll gain a few karma points and HELP!

    Get a recipe that is easy to make and tells you when it is done.

    Here is one cookie that is easy and 'tells you' when it is done.

    It will alleviate any worries about the stove / time / temp.

    Just watch them - and take out when done.

     

    For what it's worth my cookie dough is never a 'batter like' consistency.   It's always pretty stiff.

    When you roll out the dough try to be fast, you don't want it to warm up.  If it does get warm put it back in the fridge or freezer for a bit... or even outside assuming you are in North America.

    You DON'T flatten the cookies on the sheet!, just make them into balls and coat with powdered sugar. Then place them on the sheet...  cook as directed, but look at them... they crinkle when done - then compare times.
     
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    Well at least i know i got the shortbread dough right because mine was really stiff, i thought i got it wrong but they did have a shortbread like consistency except for the over dry part and quite over done i think they do really quick in our oven so i will note it next time, how cam you tell the middle is done too? like id probs have to roll these out really thin though for our oven so it actually does in the middle but generally when i look they turn a too much of a brown color, it only takes probs 4 of 5 mins to do 1 side lol, I can't set the temperature though as it's just 1 temperature oven but i shall try these at some point, since i cant turn them over i will have to switch from the bottom and then turn the top on lol. I have everything except the eggs and chocolate from when i made cookies last time :) i like the method of cups they do in america, it's so much easier, here in the UK we do it by grams and kilograms but it's hard to tell really if the grams in recipes is accurate for the recipes and what it does during the cooking proccess, my lecturer always knows good recipes though hmm... don't know how she knows what is the perfect amount of grams lol.